Buying weather-resistant folding marquees: What you should bear in mind

Ready for all weathers

In commercial use, folding pavilions should protect against moisture, rain, wind and UV radiation. This is how you can see before you buy a folding tent if a provider fairly embellishes his goods with the attribute "weather-resistant".

Folding tents need to withstand all weather conditions

Folding pavilions are used throughout the year. They must, therefore, be particularly robust:

  • They need to be winterproof because even when the nice weather season is over, the folding pavilions are used – for après-ski, at the Christmas market, as a market tent or promotional stand.
    They must be weather-resistant. The weather forecast tells us what the weather conditions will be like today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. The weather conditions, however, describe the weather in a given region over an extended period of time. As flexible space solutions, folding pavilions are designed for prolonged use, even during bad weather periods, and must not have any deficiencies under constant load.
    They must be weather-resistant. No matter whether the sun is shining or it is raining, stormy or snowing: Folding tents should effectively protect their users against unpleasant weather conditions.

When is a folding tent weather-resistant?

A weather-resistant folding pavilion must meet the following criteria:

  • waterproof: Moisture and humidity must remain outside and must also not have any long-term effect on the folding tent fabric.
  • stable in wind: On the one hand, this concerns the stability of the tent frame. Pro-Tent only uses high-grade materials for this reason. Not only is the design of the aluminium profiles ideally suited to withstand the loads they are exposed to, a special aluminium alloy is also chosen for maximum strength. The high-quality plastic connectors also achieve very high strength combined with a low weight due to a fibreglass content of 30 percent. On the other hand, the tensile strength of the folding tent fabric is crucial.
  • frost-resistant: All materials of the folding pavilion must be suitable for continuous use at temperatures below the freezing point.
  • UV protection: According to the sun protection scale, our Pro-Tent fabrics have a UV protection factor of 50+ according to the American standard AATCC TM 183, the highest protection against UV radiation.

Waterproof folding pavilions: You can refer to these standards

If you buy a folding pavilion, you should be absolutely sure that the model is truly waterproof. The ISO 811 standard (DIN EN 20811:1992) determines the resistance of textiles to penetration by water. A check is made of the water pressure that a surface can withstand until the third droplet has permeated the fabric. The European standard EN 343:2003 refers to protective clothing for protection against rain and is based on the water pressure. A product with a water column pressure from 800 mm is waterproof class 2 and from 1,300 mm waterproof class 3. The Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (EMPA) in St. Gallen (Switzerland) sets even higher standards: Only material from a water column pressure of 4,000 mm is functionally deemed as waterproof. Pro-Tent fabrics have a water column pressure of 10,000 mm.

Water-repellent is not sufficient for a folding pavilion

This is familiar from shoes: A simple impregnation can make textiles or other materials water-repellent. If a folding tent is marked as just water-repellent but not waterproof, don't touch it! Because water-repellent ends where waterproof starts – with a water column of 800 mm.

Further purchasing tips for buying waterproof folding tents

To find out whether a folding pavilion can also withstand continuous rain, you should look carefully at the entire craftsmanship. Because as well as the fabric used, it is particularly important to inspect the seams. They must be provided at least with a seam sealing tape. Even better is when the yarn is also water repellent. Last but not least, there must be a perfect roof cut with uniform slope. Not only does this look great, it also prevents water pockets from forming. Panel tensioners also eliminate this risk. For those who value not only a waterproof, but also wind-resistant environment, they are well advised with our Pro-Tent MODUL 4000 und Pro-Tent 5000 premium folding tents with their patented omega profiles. As the side walls are pulled directly into the slot, the pavilions are sealed to be absolutely watertight and windproof.

Wie ernst es ein Anbieter mit dem Attribut „wetterfest“ meint, erkennst Du auch am Zubehör: Sind Vordächer, Regendachrinnen, wasserdichte Seitenwände und schwere Gewichtsplatten erhältlich, spricht einiges dafür, dass Dir dein neues Faltzelt bei Wind und Wetter Freude bereitet. Abspannsets gehören aus Sicherheitsgründen auf jeden Fall zur Standardausrüstung.

FAQ: Frequently asked questions about weather-resistant folding tents

In the outdoor area, the same standards as for camping equipment apply in principle to folding pavilions. The details vary between 1,500 and 5,000 mm. Even in continuous operation, usually 3,000 to 4,000 mm is sufficient. How waterproof the pavilion is depends crucially on the tension of the folding tent fabric. If, thanks to the design of the pavilion, the tension is high, you can also be content with a lower water column. For comparison: An umbrella has a water column of around 400 mm. The real weak spots are the seams. At Pro-Tent, a water-repellent thread is used for waterproof seams and the seam is then made watertight with a seam sealing tape. The outdoor fabrics from Pro-Tent have a one-sided PU coating and a water column of 10,000 mm. A telescopic spring ensures ideal roof tension at all times.

If a folding tent fabric is marked as water-repellent, this simply means that water cannot penetrate freely into the fabric but rolls off. This effect can be achieved with an impregnating spray. But that does not mean that the fabric is actually waterproof. Following continuous exposure, water may eventually penetrate into the inside of the folding pavilion. The water pressure that the fabric can withstand until three drops appear inside is measured. The water column for water-repellent materials is up to 800 mm. Anything above this is waterproof. In Germany, 1,500 mm is considered a good value to be permanently protected from rain. All Pro-Tent folding tents are water-repellent as well as waterproof.

Basically, you should keep an eye on the weather and, where appropriate, inform yourself in advance of the general weather situation from the Severe Weather Centre. In case of doubt, we recommend dismantling the folding tent. If the wind suddenly gets up, the tent can be fixed by means of weight plates. If the wind strength increases, it must also be anchored with a clamping set at all four corners of the roof to prevent damage to the folding frame. Only in this way is the folding tent secure and will not be damaged. It is also important that it provides as minimal attack surface as possible when there is a lot of wind: All side walls should be completely assembled or completely dismantled. Strong gusts are especially dangerous. When fastened correctly, Pro-Tent folding tent designs are windproof and weather-resistant up to gale force 8. A special spring in the roof construction absorbs the pressure of fierce gusts of wind and prevents damage to the aluminium construction. The fabric roofs and walls are extremely tear-resistant despite their low weight. If nevertheless damage does occur, predetermined breaking points help to minimise the damage – also to your wallet.

Many insurers explicitly exclude the risk of storm – as well as theft. Damage caused by rain, hailstones and lightning are usually not covered either. Beware of insurance against storm damage: They only pay in the event of wind from gale force 8, i.e. at a wind speed of more than 62 kilometres per hour. If in in doubt, clarify with your insurance company if and how your folding tent is insured.

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